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The Soloist [DVD] [2009]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • An unlikely friendship: making The Soloist
    • And more!
    • Commentary by director Joe Wright
    • Deleted scenes
    • Closed Captioned


    The Soloist
    Academy Award-nominated Atonement director Joe Wright teams with screenwriter Susannah Grant to tell the true-life story of Nathaniel Ayers, a former cello prodigy whose bouts with schizophrenia landed him on the streets after two years of schooling at Juilliard. Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is a disenchanted journalist stuck in a dead-end job. His marriage to a fellow journalist having recently come to an end, Steve is wandering through Los Angeles' Skid Row when he notices a bedraggled figure playing a two-stringed violin. The figure in question is Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a man whose promising career in music was cut short due to a debilitating bout with mental illness. The more Lopez learns about Ayers, the greater his respect grows for the troubled soul. How could a man with such remarkable talent wind up living on the streets, and not be performing on-stage with a symphony orchestra? Later, as Lopez embarks on a quixotic quest to help Ayers pull his life together and launch a career in music, he gradually comes to realize that it is not Ayers whose life is being transformed, but his own. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Jamie Foxx
      Jamie Foxx - Nathaniel Anthony Ayers
    • Robert Downey, Jr.
      Robert Downey, Jr. - Steve Lopez
    • Catherine Keener
      Catherine Keener - Mary Weston
    • Tom Hollander
      Tom Hollander - Graham Claydon
    • Lisa Gay Hamilton
      Lisa Gay Hamilton - Jennifer Ayers-Moore

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best nonfiction movie....Titanic is overrated


      This movie, considered to be a box office disaster, is nothing more than brilliant in every sense of the way. The story is true and most of the actors play themselves. Robert Downey Jr. continues his streak of power house performances and this is no exception. The movie shows the true and covered up side of california most wish to believe isn't true. The movie touches your soul with great acting, homeless people playing themselves, as well as great story and powerful themes.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Such a touching movie. Love the dynamics of Robert Downey Jr, and Jamie Foxx.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      very informative

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is how the discussion of mental illness starts and needs to continue

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Family Movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a very heart warming movie, Jamie Foxx is awesome.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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